My current day job involves supporting safety systems on locomotives. This is a relatively young field and can be thought of as air traffic control for trains. Even though the associated technologies (GPS, cellular communications, data acquisition, etc) are mature, the overall development is fairly new. This means we talk a lot about IT. And not always kindly.
We’re part of engineering, so even from our geeky perspective IT is still a THEM. Sure, I do some coding when I have the time but it’s just not under IT auspices. And when our coffee talk turns to IT, as it frequently does, it’s laced with the usual fear and suspicion. IT guys don’t play well with others.
As a fringe IT guy myself I know it’s a mistake to paint all software developers with a brush as broad as “coder culture”, but there are some stereotypes that I’ve seen generally run true. Continue reading »